Winner of a 2020 MacArthur "genius" award for fiction that "interrogates culturally constructed notions of language, memory, and gender from a transnational perspective," Cristina Rivera Garza is a voice in contemporary letters, one who American readers are still discovering. New and Selected Stories brings together in English translation stories from across her career, including new writing not yet published in Spanish.
Indie press Dorothy's release of New and Selected Stories, which gathers 30-plus years of intriguing work, ensures English-speaking readers enhanced access to Rivera Garza ... Transparent understanding, definitive endings, convincing closure won't be found here; what Rivera Garza offers is invention, challenge, linguistic acrobatics and a more-than-occasional embrace of the impenetrable ... Rivera Garza's presentations invite continued interpretations and interrogations.
The stories in this collection are as varied as Rivera Garza’s remarkable career, and this book is an excellent introduction to a unique writer who deserves to be recognized not just in Mexico, but all over the world ... A fine collection, chilling and frequently bizarre in all the best ways.
... hypnotic, riveting ... The author successfully deploys a range of styles and forms, influenced by prose poetry, fables, and postmodern experiments. Throughout, she documents the ravages of the real world while establishing a refuge in literature ... These unsettling yet deeply approachable stories ought to earn Rivera Garza the wider attention she deserves.